New York City’s suspension rates have risen dramatically over the past ten years. According a January 2011 report by the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York’s schools recorded 31,879 suspensions in 2003, while in 2009, there were over 73,000. This series looks into different aspects of school suspensions.
Once Suspended, Always Suspended: chronic suspensions, through the eyes of a student.
Joseph, 17, reviews his most recent suspension papers with Leslie Gately, one of his counselors at the DeHostos-Wise program (Photo by Sarah Tan).
The Psychology of Punishment: experts explain that suspensions don’t solve behavioral problems.
(Creative Commons photo by Alaina Abplanalp Photography)
Under the Radar: New York’s suspension sites.
Alex Spencer, principal of the Manhattan borough suspensions sites, gives a tour of a science classroom after school hours.
Pushed Out: “no excuses” charters and student exclusion.
Brianna Pena, 5, was suspended from her No Excuses charter on her very first day in school (Photo by Sarah Tan).
Omar’s Story: Looking for a Way Out
Omar White enjoys a treat on a Saturday afternoon — a basketball game on the family computer that he's usually not allowed to use, lest it distract him from his schoolwork. Omar has spent months in a suspension room at his school. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen)